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Guess names SVP, general merchandise manager

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Los Angeles — Guess, Inc. has appointed Hillary Super as SVP, general merchandise manager for Guess, reporting to Paul Marciano, co-founder and CEO of Guess.

In this role, Hillary will be responsible for product categories for Guess as the lead merchant for the company, and she will also be a key member of the Guess senior management team. Previously, Hillary spent six years in senior merchant roles at American Eagle and four years at Gap where she oversaw multiple brands and product categories.

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Men who sawed arms in Home Depot in critical condition

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New York — A man who deliberately cut his arms using saws in the aisles of a Home Depot store in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday is in critical condition, according to media reports.

The man, whose man has not been released, was in the store’s tool section when he grabbed several handsaws and began cutting into his upper arms. Panicked customers called 911.

The man was in surgery hours after the incident.

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Judge won’t dismiss Macy’s claim against Martha Stewart

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — New York State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing on Thursday refused to dismiss Macy’s Inc’s claim that Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia violated its contract when it designed certain merchandise for J.C. Penney Co., regardless of whether the items carry the Martha Stewart brand.

The ruling may impact whether Penney can sell Martha Stewart-designed home goods under a "JCP Everyday" label. The judge is expected to rule Friday on whether to temporarily block Penney from selling Martha Stewart-designed goods that Penney manufactured in that "Everyday" packaging, Reuters reported.

The judge once again stressed that he would rather the parties settle, rather than have him decide. The companies spent several weeks in mediation, but were unable to reach an agreement.

"This is a business deal that you should not have courts getting involved in," Oing said. "It’s getting to a point where the clock can’t be turned back. The ship is ready to sail."

In related news, the New York Post reported that Myron Ullman, Penney’s new CEO, is seeking a truce in the case. According to the report, Ullman’s first phone call as CEO was to Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren.

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